Thangjam Manorama remembered
Thangjam Manorama was fondly remembered on her 13th death anniversary, with several leaders of Manipur civil society paid tributes to her on the occasion.
The Thangjam Manorama Memorial Trust, Bamon Kampu and Apunba Lup, a conglomerate of 40 social organisations, jointly organized the function at the Lamyanba Shanglen auditorium, Palace Compound.
Speakers during the function bemoaned delay in justice delivery in Thangjam Manorama case and demanded all guilty are punished as per the established laws.
The 32-year-old Thangjam Manorama was picked up in the night from her home in Bamon Kampu village of Imphal East on July 10, 2004 by personnel of 17 Assam Rifles and her body was found around two hours later near her house the next day.
Manorama had been picked up as she was a member of the banned People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to the army narrative.
The incident triggered widespread protest in Manipur against Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
On July 5, 2004—five days after the killing— around 30 middle-aged women walked naked through Imphal to the Assam Rifles headquarters at Kangla Fort, the ancient capital of Manipur kingdom, in protest against the rape and murder of Thangjam Manorama. Kangla Fort had been under occupation by the Assam Rifles till 2004.
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